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Arteta insists Smith Rowe is ‘capable’ of matching Foden and Sancho levels

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has insisted that Gunners youngster Emile Smith Rowe is ‘capable’ of reaching similar levels to fellow English talents, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho.

The Arsenal boss worked closely with Foden during his time as assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, while he also briefly coached Sancho before the talented winger opted to sign for Borussia Dortmund.

Those two young talents have already developed into key players both for their respective clubs and for their country, with Foden in particular impressing in the most recent round of international fixtures back in November.

While he still has a long way to go, Arteta seems convinced that emerging Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe can hit similar heights, with the 20-year-old putting in some eye-catching displays of late.

The playmaker – who has spent time out on loan with both RB Leipzig and Huddersfield Town in recent seasons – is now seemingly a firm fixture of the first-team at the Emirates after his superb performances in the last few weeks.

Smith Rowe has started the Gunners last three Premier League games, all of which ended in victory, with Arteta having turned to his young stars after a dismal run of form which left many calling for his head.

Ahead of the Gunners FA Cup clash with Newcastle, the Spaniard was full of praise for the creative midfielder, although he admitted that the player will need to show a similar level of consistency as both Foden and Sancho in order to reach similar heights.

“He has huge potential. He really wants it and he has the personality when he goes on the field to express and play the way he can play,” said Arteta at his pre-match press conference.

“To do it in a consistent way is a different thing. The boys that you mentioned, they’ve done it. It’s true that they’re ahead in their development phase because they’ve played many more minutes and games in the last two seasons.

“But he is capable of doing that. Whether he’s going to do it will depend on how he continues to develop, how he takes the chance that he has in front of him and how much we can help him to achieve that.”

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